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Health Benefits

Information about health benefits programs, including faculty and staff health insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), the HealthQuest rewards program, wellness programs, and the Kansas Board of Regents Graduate Student Insurance Plan

Employee Health Insurance

  • The SEHP mandates new employees serve a 30-day waiting period before they are eligible for health insurance coverage.  New employees become eligible for coverage the 31st day after hire.   Waiver of the 30-day waiting period can be sought only where the “potential new employee is required to have insurance as a condition of obtaining a work visa for employment in the United States.   For more information about the waiver, see the 30 Day Waiver FAQ
  • Prepaid Summer Benefits for Eligible Faculty and Staff

Membership Administration Portal (MAP)»

Use this portal to make your State Employee Health Plan elections during Open Enrollment and throughout the year. Please use your KU on-line and password to access MAP. For family status and other qualifying life events that occur mid-year, you will have 30 calendar days to make changes in MAP and to upload required documentation. See more information at Changes & Life Events. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Benefits Office at benefits@ku.edu or 785/864-7402.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) help you save money by allowing you to deduct tax-free dollars from your pay to cover certain health and dependent care expenses that you may incur throughout the year. Benefits eligible employees can participate in the following FSAs:

  • Standard Health Care FSA
  • Limited Purpose Health Care FSA - available to those enrolled in Plans C and N
  • Dependent Care FSA

Health Savings and Health Reimbursement Accounts 

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged savings account available to you when you enroll in our Qualified High Deductible Health Plans, Plan C or Plan N. You may use the money in your account to pay for eligible health expenses for you and your tax qualified dependents. Your HSA is your account, and always portable, even if you retire or stop working for the State of Kansas, or your employer.

Eligibility to Contribute to an HSA
The IRS sets the guidelines outlining your eligibility to enroll and contribute to an HSA. These rules apply only to you as the employee and not to any covered family members. For you to qualify for an HSA, you must meet ALL the following:

  • You must enroll in Plan C or N.
  • You cannot be enrolled in Medicare A or B, Medicaid or TRICARE
  • You cannot be claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return.
  • You cannot be enrolled in other non-qualifying coverage.

Employees who are not eligible to contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA) because of one of the above reasons will need to elect the HRA option.

A Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) is a tax-advantaged savings account available to you if you enroll in Plans C, J, N or Q. The State contributes to the HRA account on your behalf. You may use the money in your HRA to pay for eligible health expenses. When you earn HealthQuest rewards, you are eligible to receive contributions in your HRA. The HRA will end if you terminate employment and does not have a rollover provision.

HealthQuest Rewards Program

The State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) offers the HealthQuest rewards program. If you are enrolled in the medical portion of the SEHP, you can earn credits by participating in HealthQuest wellness activities.  If you are enrolled in any SEHP medical plan you (and your spouse if covered under the health plan) must earn 40 credits to recieve a $480 discount to your medical plan premiums in the next plan year.  If you are enrolled in Plan C, J, N, or Q, you and/or your covered spouse also can earn additional employer contributions to your HRA/HSA.

HealthQuest is an optional program; you are not required to participate in order to be covered under the SEHP.

Wellness

Information about health and wellness programs available to KU employees.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The State Employee Health Plan offers an EAP at no charge for benefits-eligible employees and their dependents.  The EAP provides information, short-term counseling, advice and referrals from licensed professionals who understand the typical stresses we all face day in and day out.  

Graduate Student Health Insurance

Information about the Kansas Board of Regents Student health insurance programs offered to graduate students and eligibility requirements.

COBRA Information »

Information about COBRA continuation coverage for employees who separate from KU/State of Kansas service or otherwise lose eligibility for the State Employee Health Plan.

Communications

Information about health updates shared with KU faculty and staff.


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